This post is from a couple years ago. I’m running it as it is still one of my favorite programs.
Exploring Nature With Children has lightened my load considerably. I now have the entire year planned out for me. My kids are probably on the top end of the age range that this was intended for, but after reading through it, there was plenty that I didn’t know. I’m so excited to start this new program on Wednesday afternoons. Nature Study is something that always seems easy until I actually try and figure out what to study.
We walk in nature and collect things, draw, and journal like professional naturalists. Our cool things are looked up in field guides. If we can’t find them in there, then we google. It’s never been too formal. I bought the Handbook of Nature Study years ago and read most of it. I just could not get it to translate into any sort of curriculum.
Now ta-da! Lynn has done that for us. I read through the lists of materials helpfully divided by season and noticed right away how easy this would be. Then I saw that there are weekly art and poetry selections as well. Swoon. Awesome!
We are on week 2 and because we are also reading The Book of Insects from Memoria Press during our regular science time I’m especially excited about the mini beast hunt. This is the poem for week 2:
Hurt No Living Thing
Christina Georgina Rossetti 1830-1894
Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor harmless worms that creep.
We will be writing too!
Write an acrostic poem about your favorite minibeast.
Begin by writing the name of your chosen minibeast in capitals vertically down the left-hand side of your paper.
Next, write something about your minibeast in each line, using a word that begins with the letter on that line.
Acrostics are enjoyable to write because they don’t need to rhyme, and you don’t need to worry about the rhythm of the lines. Each line can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
This is what we have chosen to be our regular spot. It is an easy walk for us and is accessible all year. There is a trail through the woods right behind where this is taken and a section of meadow further on. I’ll post updates as we go along this year. Right now I can’t see anything that won’t work for us.
***I purchased this curriculum myself and reviewed it for fun***